The below feedback responses provide a summary of the comments and input we received during the consultation that took place at the end of 2021.
Need / Rationale Section 1 of 6
97% of respondents agreed that renewable energy is important to tackling climate change.
87% of respondents believed offshore wind does have a key role to play in the UK’s energy security.
85% of respondents said that offshore wind generation needs to play a larger part in the UK’s mix of renewable energy generation sources.
Keeping local community informed of the project progress and engaging on the proposals were two key requests from this question. When it comes to longer term, there were numerous comments around the need to work with local businesses and community groups, use local suppliers and facilities, create local education programmes and enable jobs for local people. Minimising disruption during construction, for the sake of local people, wildlife and the ecology was also a repeated suggestion. All these will be taken into the next phase of the project.
The question elicited a number of very positive comments around offshore wind in the UK due to the fact it increases the amount of power coming from renewable sources and decreases the nation’s dependence on imported energy through the harnessing of North Sea wind. There were also mentions of using more UK manufacturers and reducing the impact of project’s onshore infrastructure. Overall there was genuine support for offshore wind such as - "As far as I am concerned the more the better" - with very few negative comments.